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07 July 2009 @ 02:16 pm
Michael Jackson: my one and only post  
I wish him well in the next life, whatever that may be. To quote (from memory, so the wording may be a bit off) someone else, "I hope he finds more peace in the next world than he did here."

He was a brilliant and innovative entertainer.

Nevertheless, his death is not a matter of international or national security (although I am sure it's been a huge police / security / crowd control hassle in California), and I am deeply offended that CNN has been reporting from a "Situation Room".

Furthermore, there are other events in the world. Protests in Iran. Iranian clerics publicly opposing the Guardian Council. The subway crash in DC. Missiles in Korea. A military coup in Honduras. A mass shooting in Detroit and a possible serial killer in South Carolina. A monorail crash at Disney. Even the deaths of other celebrities. And what's on CNN? All Michael Jackson, all the time.

Finally, I was even more deeply offended by one CNN reporter yesterday or the day before who said something like, "I asked Al Sharpton when and where the family's private service was going to be. He told me about the public memorial at the Staples Center. I thought he must have misunderstood me, so I said, 'No, I'm asking about the family's private service -- when and where is that going to be?' But he refused to comment on that." It should have been nobody's damn business but the family's when and where their private services were held. What part of "family" and "private" did she not the hell understand (or, probably, respect even if she did understand the concept)?
thatwordgrrl on July 7th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Speaking as an Angeleno, wanna know what offends me more than anything you listed?

That my cash-strapped city is *footing the bill* for all of this.

It's Joe Jackson's son. He's got gobs of cash. The least he could do is pony up to cover for securty.

Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 7th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw your post about that. Good grief. I had just assumed that the city and county would be billing the estate. I guess I based that on the "sheriff's deputies who work overtime to direct traffic for the churches on Wednesday night and Sunday morning are paid by the churches" sort of thing I'm accustomed to here.

On the other hand, I wouldn't necessarily expect J. Random Citizen's estate to be asked to cover the cost of one or two cops to escort a large funeral procession from the church to the cemetery. (Do they still do that there? It's fairly common here for medium to large funerals. People here still pull over to let funeral processions go by, too -- even on the opposite side of the road if it's not a divided roadway.)

Also, does Joe Jackson have gobs of cash? I don't know where the money went, once Michael, Janet, and the others started their own separate careers.
thatwordgrrl on July 7th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
J. Random Citizen's funeral costs likely do not come to $4 million.

You'd think that between Kobe, Magic and Mariah, they'd be willing to cover the costs.

But I ain't holding my breath.

Kats: Lion Kingwildrider on July 8th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
If J. Random Citizen wants police to escort the funereal procession, that is billed with the rest of the funeral expenses to J. Random's family (we did it for Dad's funeral so no one would get left behind at a traffic light).

As for Jacko... I don't feel it for him, but I DID for Elvis, so I feel I can't honestly say anything negative about all the hoopla. The only difference between now and then is the 24-hour media which we simply didn't HAVE then (but had we, I guarantee it would have been just the same). This is what people DO.